20 August 2012 at 3.56pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House is to swap the sounds of Puccini, Wagner and Mozart for the rhythmic strains of contemporary afrobeat, soul and jazz during this year's Africa-inspired Deloitte Ignite festival.
The event, part of a weekend curated by artist Yinka Shonibare, will take place in the Linbury Studio Theatre on Saturday 1 September and will be headlined by BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Edu. As part of his weekly Destination Africa radio show, Edu plays a mix of African hip hop, R&B, dancehall, garage and drum and bass.
Also performing will be contemporary African jazz-folk-soul singer songwriter Bumi Thomas. Born in Glasgow and raised in the Nigerian desert and Lagos, Bumi's music explores love and identity.
Edu and Bumi will be joined by London-based neo-soul singer songwriter Debra Debs. Influenced by the likes of Mary J Blige, Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill, Debra's socially conscious musical storytelling rounds out the bill with a sound grounded in neosoul and 90s R&B.
Tickets for this event are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Buy now
Find out more about this year's Deloitte Ignite, a weekend of African-influenced cinema, visual art, music and food. The festival runs from 31 August - 2 September.